By Nancy Edwards
Making that change to a new career can seem overwhelming. The desire is there, however, the problem may be lack of experience, certain skills or putting together a résumé. The transition from high school to college may be just as hard for students that need to learn study skills, gain acceptance into the universities of their choice, and figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Anna Graf Williams of Fishers has created a system to help with these transitions. As president and cofounder of Learnovation, LLC, Williams has developed software, pamphlets and written books to help individuals succeed.
“We come alongside people and support them making the changes needed by helping them understand their skills, knowledge, abilities, and rare talents so they can target their education and training for gainful employment,” she said. “We use a proprietary formula with our software and to help the person identify what education, training or additional experience is needed to fulfill expectations for the targeted position.
“Most people think it is a guess – when it really is a science. Our proprietary GAP Analysis works for careers and tasks. We are solidly an organization whose products, software – content and process are all grounded in research.”
Concrete methods of documenting skills, certifications and training are appreciated by veterans and individuals in career transitions, according to Williams. In addition, the system shows how experience from community service can transfer successfully into a career.
“This is especially a great way to document soft skills or pull together projects to show future employers while still making a difference in the community,” she said.
Learnovation’s cornerstone product is a book written by Williams. “Creating Your Career Portfolio At-A-Glance Guide” has sold over 500,000 copies to date in high schools, universities and to individuals in the trade market.
Williams’s interest in careers began with her tenure at Johnson & Wales University in the Hospitality College, where she spearheaded internship programs, and developed accreditation standards and grant writing. During her 16 years of educational consulting, she worked with curriculum development and outcomes assessment strategies for programs ranging from preschools to hospitality specialized college curriculum.
Today, Williams works out of her office at Launch Fishers and has partnered with locals, Andrew Curtis of FuelVM, and Jack Frisby, president of Optimize Selling Solutions.
“The magic comes from being able to capitalize on the quick strike innovative judgment of these other fresh thinkers,” Williams said. “They contribute to marketing, branding and our developmental efforts.”
More information on Learnovation, LLC, can be found by going to www.learnovation.com.
“In that moment when you need to make that change in your career, education, job or industry we are here to partner with folks,” Williams said.